Moira Shire Council is seeking community, business and stakeholder feedback on its priorities for the next four years following the release of its draft 2017-21 Council Plan and 2017-18 budget.
A number of community consultation sessions will be held from this week, with people encouraged to drop in to have their say with Moira Shire councillors.
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said councillors believed the new vision, goals and tone of the council plan reflected council, the needs of the shire and the priorities the community expected.
‘‘We want our shire to be a great place to live, with a thriving local economy, a clean, green environment and a well-run council. Our success will be measured by whether our community and stakeholders agree,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘Whether it’s the community’s capacity to pay or rate capping — there is only so much we can fund and we need the community’s feedback on whether we are getting the balance right.
‘‘We want to listen and learn more about what matters to members of our community before we finalise the council plan and the first-year budget.’’
People are asked to indicate if they wish to speak to their written submission at a special meeting to be held on Monday, June 5.
Following consideration of any submissions, the council plan and budget will be presented to council for possible adoption at a special meeting on Wednesday, June 14.
The draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and draft 2017-18 Budget are available online and are on display at the council’s service centres.
Drop-in sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at the Civic Centre, Cobram, from 6pm to 7pm and on Thursday, May 26 at the Cobram Library meeting room from 1pm to 2pm. People can provide feedback on council’s website, by mail or email or at a Customer Service Centre in Cobram or Yarrawonga. All feedback must be received by 5pm on June 1.